Dairy Pond Road repaving in Norris could be in October

Repaving of Dairy Pond Road in Norris could be done in October following the City Council’s vote last week to approve a contract with The Rogers Group for the work.

The Rogers Group was the low bidder among four contractors who submitted bids for the job, coming in at $148,710.

That bid was approved by the council in a special called meeting Friday evening, Sept. 24, and the city is hoping to have the work done before winter weather arrives – and no later than the end of November, City Manager Scott Hackler said.

Besides being one of the most-scenic residential areas in Norris, Dairy Pond Road is a major cut-through for traffic going to points north of Andersonville, including the Red Hill Road area, Anderson County Park, Upper Clear Creek Road (Norris Watershed park area) and Sequoia Marina, making it one of the city’s busiest roads.

Hackler said the contractor should be able to complete the paving in about two days, and then would need to re-stripe the road, which is just over a mile long, running from East Norris Road to Reservoir Road.

The work will be done on one side of the street at a time so at least one lane can remain open to carry traffic during the paving, Hackler said.

“I am now trying to get in touch with The Rogers Group to get contracts signed, and we hope they can begin in October,” he said.

The other bidders on the project were Duracap, $151,150; PRI of East Tennessee, $172,500; and Apac Atlantic, $226,850.

Hackler said The Rogers Group probably had the edge on pricing because it has its own asphalt plant, while the other bidders would have had to buy their asphalt from Rogers.

The Dairy Pond Road work is the only repaving project Norris has in its budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2022.